What in your practice inspires you to teach? My teaching is really inspired by today and whatever that may bring. The uniqueness and presence of each opportunity I step onto my mat whether it be to practice or to teach. We are all constantly evolving as students and teachers. Opening up into our resistances, navigating through our physical and emotional challenges and facing our fears. It is with this awareness I hope to support my students so they can feel safe and receptive to open into the awareness of their breath, their body and their power.
Tell us a little about your yoga journey and how this influences what you bring across in your teaching? My yoga journey began in 1997 at a little class in Arizona. My intuitive draw to the practice of yoga, meditation and mindfulness was undeniable. With yoga I felt like I was home before I had even taken my first asana class. My first Hatha yoga teacher training was in Scottsdale at a local studio, then I headed out to LA a year later in 1999 for my Bikram certification. I opened my first Bikram studio in Littleton Co in 2000. I chose this location to be a source of healing in a community that was heartbroken. In 2002 I was certified in Baptiste Power Vinyasa in Maya Tulum and added hot vinyasa to the studio. The studio was a bright light for so many students, many of which were new to yoga. After moving back to my roots of Fairfield County, I opened and managed a second studio for a couple years. Since moving on from these spaces, I now teach locally and love it! The roots of my purpose for delving into my yoga journey 20 years allows me to authentically show up. I have learned that yoga is my one solid. With all the ebbs and flows of life, love’s, joy’s, losses and heartbreak, I continue to practice and continue to teach. I show up in the moment and draw strength from whatever is there.
What is your favorite activity outside of yoga and how does yoga help this activity? I’m a traveller at heart. I feel most alive in the suspense of the unknown moments of life. For me, this is a reflection of my practice in a different form. I haven’t travelled as much in the past few years while we are raising our two awesome kids, so until I can find my way back there, my mat is my ride for exploration and expansion.
How would you describe your teaching? Vinyasa flow is my style. Sometimes faster, sometimes slower. It is awakening to challenge ourselves, whether it be going upside down, playing with an arm balance, holding a pose a little longer or cruising through a flow. With transitions and breath we build awareness and presence, our strength, our heat and our bliss!
What makes teaching at Kaia yoga a unique experience? Kaia Yoga really has phenomenal teachers and beautiful spaces. There is always an abundance of offerings in workshops, special classes, retreats and now the mindful space including meditation, etc. I love that there are always new and interesting things going on and am grateful to be a part of the love and yoga awareness in the community that Kaia is.